To maintain skin health in winters is a challenge. Using different products on the skin can invite a lot of difficult issues. The harsh climate is a recipe for dry, damaged hair and skin if one does not take proper care when the temperature drops.
Dr. Sushmita Dhavan, Dermatologist and Aesthetic Surgeon, Aster CMI Hospital, Bengaluru, says that patients on medications for cholesterol and hypothyroid patients develop dry skin which tends to worsen during the winters. Diabetics are more prone to dry, itchy skin. Some skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, atopic dermatitis also worsen during the winters. Dandruff worsens too.
Dr Dhavan advises that people should use two moisturizers, a light one for the face and a thicker one for the body. They should always use moisturizer on wet skin, as most moisturizers that available just lock in the moisture and do not provide moisture by themselves.
“One should reapply moisturizer again in the evening, but after wetting and pat drying the skin. Oils can be used for the body. The best would be virgin or cold pressed variety. Avoid using oils on the face. In skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema or atopic dermatitis, moisturizers can help to really calm down itching and irritation,” adds Dr Dhavan.
Dr Dhavan suggests, “One should not forget to hydrate lips. Lips are very delicate structures and do not have oil glands. Use a lip balm or white petroleum jelly every four hours during the winters. For sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea, using a bland and a little thicker fragrance free moisturizer for the face and using mild soaps helps significantly.”
Dr Dhavan further explains that though exposure to the sun might be warm and welcoming, using a sunscreen while going out in sunlight is wise, as chances of getting sun burnt are high. Dandruff tends to worsen in winters. Hence, oil hair strands and spare the scalp, as excessive oiling of the scalp causes dandruff.